It is simply amazing what tranquility exists during the pre-dawn hours each day. Simply sitting in the dark on the balcony each morning well before sunrise each day. There is not even a bird stirring at 4 am, magically they come alive about 5 am, then all of nature seems to spring to life the closer you get to 6:30-7am. All with the sunrise each morning. The quiet hours in the early morning really is a restful and contemplative time “ALONE WITH GOD”.
Well this morning something told me to get my camera and I would see the skies come alive and I did, at least it was a special time for me this morning. The sky changes so rapidly at times, it makes me want to learn to use the (what I call rapid fire function) I am sure someone will write and tell me the correct term.
I will not write further the pictures can say it all.
Pre-Dawn Sky with a bright moon (much larger and brighter) than the photograph shows, the first picture is the eastern sky, the moon is the western sky.
How rapidly the sky can change from fluffy and whispy pink to sold cold dark and grey blue.
FIRE IN THE SKY!
GOLDEN RAYS OF SUNSHINE!
CONTRASTING CLOUDS IN THE EARLY MORNING SKIES!
GOLDEN RAYS ACROSS THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS!
This morning was simply beautiful, as it was not cold, it was more like a Spring morning. I was up from about 5:30 this morning and it is amazing to watch the sky change in the predawn hours leading up to sunrise. At first glance the mountains are dark blue, only silhouetted by a faintly lighter dark blue sky with the stars shining in the sky, ever so slowly giving way to a brighter blue sky and finally before you see the sun at all, magically the clouds to the west are magically transformed from blue grey to blue great with pink and peach whisping across the sky. It is at this point the view changes literally from second to second.
These are a few of the many pictures that I took this morning to share with you.
There are some days when you walk around looking at things to inspire your to take pictures, the sad thing is that nature is all around you, there are always things to photograph, yet like the mountains that surround me, which are fixed, and always there do not seem to change at all, even though everyday the trees and plant life do change. The skies above the mountains are in constant change, you just have to learn when to finally stop, from second to second the clouds unfold before your very eyes, and yet they seem to be the most ignored.
I have lived on both sides of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, the West and the now the East, and yes actually in the middle. I have found it to be amazing at the difference in the cloud structure as they pass over the mountains on the western side crossing to the eastern, however here in Elkton, VA the clouds seems to explode in billowing majesty as the bank up next to the Blue Ridge, almost every day or every second of everyday they just explode in beauty against the bright blue skies.
The one thing I need to learn to do in photography is capture the dramatic effects of how brightly the sun enhances the textures and the deep blue skies behind them, the effects never comes out as vivid as I would like to portray. If anyone has suggestions please share them with me. I was using a polarizing filter when shooting these pictures.
Sometimes the clouds can look like mountains themselves with sky and clouds above them.
I did not realize that I had got a picture of a bird in the clouds until I downloaded the images.
Of course we all know what this is, the moon! The two shots made with each of my two lenses.